The 21st Annual Fall Exhibition & SaleOctober 18 to 30, 2021

Brunswick Arts Council Annual Visual Arts Show

This annual event began in 2000 and each year we rotate the show to a different venue. Join us for our 21st year this October, 2021 at Franklin Square Gallery, Southport NC.  This year’s Judge is Tony Vivaldi.

Many small community arts groups (photographers, painters, pottery, etc.) around the county come together to help make this annual juried arts show happen. There are different categories and award levels.

New to the area or been here forever? Share what inspires you to create with your fellow Brunswick artists & residents – we encourage you to enter your work!

Ready to get involved? We need volunteers to help make this show a success! If you are interested in volunteering, download the application below and email it to us at execdir.brunswickartscouncil@gmail.com

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Spark the Arts Luncheon & Roundtable November 5, 2021Leland Cultural Arts Center1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland NC 28451

Come Network with us- artists, businesses, galleries, teachers, arts-supporters, community & tourism groups and more are welcome!

Spark the Arts is an awareness campaign designed to inspire public participation in the arts across North Carolina by highlighting the unique way the arts lift spirits, bring people together, and heal.

Our goal is to ignite the resurgence of North Carolina’s arts sector from the pandemic by connecting residents and visitors to arts experiences and arts stories across our state.

 

Come get together with your fellow arts community and businesses at Leland Cultural Arts Center 1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland, NC 28451  Let’s begin to find out how we are each Sparking the arts in the ebb and flow of the Pandemic.  All  materials and lunch will be provided, $25 registration fee. Veterans are free.

Questions or to register, contact Mary Beth Livers at execdir.brunswickartscouncil@gmail.com

 

The Artist Trail

Are you interested in participating on the Brunswick Arts Trail? Would you like to be listed and have a web page on the site & link to mobile trail? Stay tuned to more information about this new program.

 

Artists Trail Categories:

  • Artist 
  • Galleries 
  • Studios 
  • Cafes & Coffee 
  • Orgs & Co-ops 
  • Theatres 
  • Festivals 
  • Community Art 
  • Performance Art
  • Classes 

Dancing On Air

Dancing on Air is in its 5th season of offering free weekly dance classes to communities across the county.  We have worked with the Calabash, Cedar Grove, Navassa communities in collaboration with Wilmington Ballet, Brunswick Ballet & Inspirations Dance Studio to offer weekly classes in Navassa (Monday evenings) and Cedar Grove (Wednesday evenings). 

Funding for this program is received from NC Arts Council, Brunswick County, Leland Rotary Club with donation of in-kind supplies and ballet shoes from Sansha.

Classes have been put on hiatus due to Covid19. We are exploring opportunities to restart this program as soon as it is safe to sustain long term contact inside.

1) Navassa 6-8pm on Monday. Contact Shawnta’ Graham at Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St. at 910.880.3300; and 

2) Cedar Grove 6-8 pm on Wednesday. Contact Sandra Robinson at Cedar Grove Community Center, 1529 Turkey trap Rd SW at 910.880.3300


Public Performances

Dancing on Air has performed in December at the Southport Winterfest Celebration. In 2019, they were also able to experience performing on stage at Odel working in a scene from The Nutcracker.

Master Classes

Dancing on Air students were able to attend a Master class in February 2020 held by Alvin Ailey II Troupe in Navassa. They were able to learn some of the most iconic Ailey dance movements, including sections of choreography from Revelations.


Dancing On Air Sponsors

Brunswick Arts Council celebrates songwriting, poetry  & literature

Ekphrastic Art Workshop

 

Feb 19, 2022 1 pm – 5 pm 

 

Inspirations Dance Center
91 W Boiling Spring Drive
Southport, NC

 

Class size – 20 people – to register contact:
Execdir.brunswickartscouncil@gmail.com

An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.
And oppositely, the act of creating a visual artwork can contribute to the creation of poetry. Let’s do both in an afternoon of art discovery & fun.
The class of 20 will be split into 2 groups of 10 each. Each will spend an hour and a half in poetry then another hour and a half in painting.

BAC Mural Program

Creating Public Art across Brunswick County is one of the goals adapted by the Board of Directors in Fall 2019.  

If you have a building/wall or space in Brunswick County that you would like to have painted – contact the Arts Council and we can see about partnering to help move your ideas for public art forward!

The Holden Beach 2020 Mural

The first piece was created at Holden Beach design by Gaetin Lowrie & Nancy Turner.  Sherwin Williams of Holden Beach donated the pain and materials.

Using an Under the Ocean Theme & and a Paint by Numbers technique, the mural was painted in March 2020.  The Run for the Arts scheduled to begin & end at the mural was cancelled due to the 1st case of Covid19 announced in Brunswick County on the day of the race.  

Join us for March 2021 as we tackle another mural at Holden Beach & the 2nd Run for the Arts. 


My Community Mural

Tell us about your community project and mural idea.  Don’t forget to provide your name, organization (if you are requesting on behalf on one), contact information, cell/email/text and bit about the idea.

Submit a Mural Idea

Mural Program Sponsored by the Town of Holden Beach, NC

BAC Arts & Parts

We are excited to announce the 1st annual Arts & Parts Fashion & Costume Runway Contest at the Middleton Park on Oak Island, NC.  This is for all ages, from child to adult.  First Place in each age group will win a cash prize.  Second & third Places will win Ribbons.  Gift Certificates will be given to the Best in each of the following categories:

  • Best Paper Outfit
  • Best Plastic Outfit
  • Best Duct Tape Outfit
  • Best Aluminum Outfit

Thank you! The Arts & Parts Runway Show stage will have a “fashion show” style feel in daylight on an outdoor stage. It will be covered and in the shade. Contestants are encouraged to strut their recycled stuff on stage.

We hope to display the outfits from the Fashion Show online and our BAC YouTube channel so folks that missed the show can still see your works of art.

Recycled fashions must be made of at least 75% recycled or reused materials that otherwise would be thrown away or recycled. Vintage clothes on their own will not be accepted. Complete outfits are recommended. Only one prize per designer.

For creative up-cyclers and recyclers of all ages!

Look online and get inspired! Look in the recycling bin, or junk drawer and see what you can find to turn into an outfit. Eco style & Fashion – go traditional or go runway wild! Show us what you can make!

CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM

 

Here are some Examples:


Sponsorship Opportunities:

Click Here to Download the Arts & Parts Application

RUN for the ARTS

March 13, 2021

The Link to “It’s Go Time Registration” will be posted here later this fall for ease of online sign up.  

If you would like to be a sponsor click here for the sponsor categories.

Scholarship Program

Each year, the Brunswick Arts Council provides two or more $1,000 scholarships to Brunswick County High School students.  Graduating seniors from across the county, West Brunswick, South Brunswick , North Brunswick, Early College High School  as well as home schooled and charter schools with an interest in pursuing Arts in college are eligible.

Click Here For 2021 BAC Scholarship Application & Forms

Application process is handled by the guidance offices of each school and all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

In 2021, BAC provided three (3) separate scholarships to:

  • Louisa Wren Whalen (South Brunswick High $1,000)
  • Gilbert Raylond (West Brunswick High $500 from GFWC and $500 BAC)
  • Nyu Huynh (North Brunswick High $1,000)

Louisa Wren Whalen from South Brunswick High School is a recipient of the 2020-21 Brunswick Arts Council Scholarship. She will be attending UNC Greensboro in the fall. Through your hard work and determination you have proven to be a student that your arts community wants to recognize and encourage to continue your educational effort. BAC board wishes you all the best in your pursuit of higher education.

Gilbert Raylond from West Brunswick High School is a recipient of the 2020-2021 Brunswick Arts Council Scholarship. He will be attending UNC Pembroke in the fall. Through your hard work and determination you have proven to be a student that your arts community wants to recognize and encourage to continue your educational effort. BAC board wishes you all the best in your pursuit of higher education.

Nyu Huynh from North Brunswick High School is a recipient of the 2020-2021 Brunswick Arts Council Scholarship. She will be attending UNC Chapel Hill in the fall. Through your hard work and determination you have proven to be a student that your arts community wants to recognize and encourage to continue your educational effort. BAC board wishes you all the best in your pursuit of higher education.

Solstice Festival

June 19, 2021  |  10am-8:30pm  |  Middleton Park, Oak Island, NC

Music, Arts & Crafts, Food Trucks & CornHole Tournament! What else can we say? – Come out to play at the beach!  

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Workshops

“Ekphrastic Art Workshop”

February 19, 2022 1:00-5:00pm
Location to be announced at a later date
$40 person
An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.
And oppositely, the act of creating a visual artwork can contribute to the creation of poetry. Let’s do both in an afternoon of art discovery & fun. The class of 20 will be split into 2 groups of 10 each. Each will spend an hour and a half in poetry then another hour and a half in painting.

Pre-registration only – class size 20 people. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Phillip Shabazz (Poetry)

Join us at this special workshop as part of the BAC Literary Arts Committee, to be held at the Inspirations Dance Centre in Boiling Spring Lakes August 7th. We are pleased to present this poetry portion of the Ekphrastic workshop taught by Phillip Shabazz exploring visual art through the expression and creation of poetry. Open to 20 students (high-school through adults/silver-seniors), this class will be a powerful experience to work with a master craftsman and wordsmith. As a poet, author, and teaching artist, Phillip Shabazz has built an outstanding, extensive, and respected career. His work, which explores issues of community and culture in America, has been acclaimed by the media, critics, and audiences across North Carolina. His writing expresses diverse points of view, from poems about family and friends challenged by the complexities of life, to narratives that celebrate human possibilities.

Nancy Turner (Painting)

Nancy Turner will be teaching the painting portion of this Ekphrastic art workshop. Southport resident and visual artist, Nancy Turner, describes it as a blessing to live in such a beautiful place. Saying that it provides her a constant source of inspiration for art. Landscapes, coastal scenery, and wildlife are common themes in her work. Work that she has perfected on her own, without a formal background in art. Being self-taught, Nancy seeks new artistic opportunities for growth. She opts to take on new types of projects, work with new mediums, and step out of her comfort zone as often as she can. A collaborative project for the “Under the Sea” 30-foot mural at Holden Beach Park is a recent example of this. Yet, like so many artistic pursuits, a great support system is critical. Nancy credits Mary Beth Livers, Executive Director of Brunswick Art Council, for providing her with support for her artistic efforts. She, in turn, pays this support forward by sharing what she knows with others as a teacher of acrylics and alcohol inks in Southport. If you liked to see more from Nancy, you can visit the Lunabelles Art and Gallery in Leland. Or find her work online at Https://Facebook.com/LunabellesShops/ and 2ndHandrose.redbubble.com.

Varied

BAC is in the process of creating a series of workshops in a variety of categories – including professional development series for artists.

Grassroot Grant$

Submission Deadline September 10th, 2021.